Berry helpful

Sunday, April 28th, 2013 | In Health | Tags: ,

Berry helpful
~ Berry helpful ~

A recent study has found that intake of berries, tea, apples, and eggplants or a diet high in flavonoids can help protect against brain diseases like Parkinson’s.

Flavonoids are found in many plant-based foods and drinks with yellow, purple, orange and red skins such as eggplants, blackcurrants, blackberries, grapefruits and dark beans.

Over a 20-year period, researchers from Harvard University and the University of East Anglia in the UK followed 130,000 men and women, 800 of who developed Parkinson’s disease, a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking, difficulty in walking, movement and coordination. The disease most often develops after the age of 50.

After analysing their diets, researchers found that men who ate the most flavonoids were shown to be 40% less likely to develop the disease than those who ate the least. The major sources of flavonoid-rich foods in the study have included tea, berry fruits, apples, red wine, oranges and orange juice. Interestingly, no such link was noticeable for the female participants.

The large-scale study was published in the journal Neurology and adds to the growing body of evidence that regular consumption of flavonoid-rich foods can offer a range of health benefits, such as protection against conditions like heart disease, hypertension, cancer and dementia.

Another study, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association earlier this year, found that the flavonoids in citrus fruits – particularly oranges and grapefruits – may lower a woman’s risk of stroke.

Meanwhile, women who eat plenty of blueberries and strawberries experience slower mental decline with age than women who consume fewer of the flavonoid-rich fruits, yet another US study published in the Annals of Neurology said.

Information via AFP – Relaxnews.


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